'Tis the season: MDOT looking for Road Watchers

Contact: John Richard, MDOT Office of Communications
616-262-1565
Agency: Transportation

Fast Facts:
- MDOT is seeking "Road Watchers" to report on winter highway conditions in the west Michigan area.
- Volunteers will be polled about highway conditions following winter storm events.
- Comments gathered will be used to more efficiently deploy winter maintenance forces and identify best practices. To volunteer, visit www.michigan.gov/roadwatchers.   

December 6, 2017 – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking "Road Watchers" to report on winter highway conditions in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. MDOT is engaging volunteers who travel on selected US, M and I routes in these counties to help measure how well the roadways are maintained following winter storms. Comments gathered will be used to improve winter maintenance.

MDOT is looking for Road Watchers to monitor the following highways during morning commutes:
- I-96 throughout Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, and Ionia counties|
- US-131 throughout Montcalm, Kent, and Allegan counties
- I-196 throughout Kent, Ottawa, and Allegan counties  
- US-31 throughout Muskegon, Ottawa, and Allegan counties
- M-6 throughout Kent County

MDOT will compile the survey results to track winter highway conditions with the goal of improving winter maintenance practices and response times. Surveys should only take a few moments to complete.

Road Watchers are polled randomly for each storm event and asked to participate in an online survey about the road conditions they encountered. All results will be anonymous. To volunteer, visit www.michigan.gov/roadwatchers.